Wednesday, 19 September 2018

An Empowering Meal At TFIF - The Future Is Female...

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TFIF - The Future Is Female, as the name suggests, is a cafe based on the premise of women empowerment, featuring an all-female staff. Situated on the fourth floor among many restaurants that are in the heart of Rajouri Garden, it is in the good company of MealODrama and Band Baaja Baaraat.



The outlet itself is a spacious one, with aesthetic decor featuring terrariums as lamps and on the outset, flora influences a major chunk of the interiors.





A three-month-old baby, TFIF is an eatery, bar, and bakery, all in one. There are ample natural lighting and multiple kinds of seating - couches, bar stools, etc.



With coasters featuring feminist slogans, the outlet has its vibe done right.



Here's what I would recommend trying at TFIF...

Beverages:

Mutka Iced Tea which comes in an earthen pot, hence the name. A refreshing drink, given the humid atmosphere.



Heaven On Earth has a subtle fruity flavor to it, topped with cherries.



Mango Cheesecake Shake was a thick shake with a dollop of cream, and spicy crisps as a garnish to balance the sweetness.



Titbits:

Tamatar Papdi Chaat and Khumani Tikki Chaat both have crisps layered with yogurt, pomegranate seeds, and tamarind dip. While the former has pulpy chunks of tomato, the latter has chunks of apricot.




Dimsums:

Between the Exotic Veggies and Peppy Paneer that I sampled, you can go for the latter, for a mish-mash of cottage cheese that lent it an Indianized flavor.




Soups:

There is either Mushroom Cappuccino that is a thick creamy broth served with Garlic Breadsticks, or the classic Oriental Soups filed under Soup of the Day.





Starters:

Beetroot Arancini with light pink arborio rice stuffed in cheese balls was a melt-in-mouth preparation.



Masala Khumb Ravioli is easily one of the nice appetizers, with button mushrooms cooked the Indian way stuffed between crunchy Ravioli sheets.



Main Course:

TFIF Manchurian Pizza is one of the in-house specialties and has a star-shaped crust that has Manchurian balls at its ends.


Paneer Longlata is an Indian preparation with soft cottage cheese sandwiches rendered in gravy paired with rice, salad, pickle, and mint dip.


Desserts:

Tiramisu came in a martini glass, topped off with cocoa powder and chocolate shaving. It was soft, creamy, and had a balance of bitter and sweet.



Butterscotch Waffles were warm and soft, topped with a dollop of vanilla, and caramelized sugar chunks.


All in all, I had a nice meal at TFIF and would deem it fit for a meal with friends and family alike. 

Thursday, 13 September 2018

A Decade of British Medical Journal In India...

It is just yesterday that British Medical Journal (BMJ) India celebrated its ten years of operations in South Asia.


BMJ started out in South Asia with the commencement of its operations in India. With a multitude of educational initiatives, some of which include Journals from BMJ, including The BMJ, BMJ Learning, BMJ Best Practice, Course in Diabetes, provision of high quality, evidence-based resources to clinicians in South Asia has always been on BMJ's radar. The commemoration of a decade marks BMJ's way of thanking all their partners, customers, stakeholders and collaborators in India over the past decade.



By the means of its numerous events such as The BMJ Awards South Asia, Healthcare Improvement Summits and The BMJ Conclave, BMJ has aimed to provide the best platforms to its delegates in South Asia.

BMJ has perseveringly trained nearly 9000 doctors through BMJ Masterclass and received a cumulative of 5000 entries in the BMJ Awards since its launch in 2014. In merely four years, the organization has trained 300+ doctors through its courses in Diabetes & CKD.



With accreditation from the Maharastra, Delhi, and Goa Medical Councils, and its Research To Publication initiative, BMJ is also fostering credible scholars from India's vast think tank.

To mark the occasion Mr. Prashant Mishra, Managing Director BMJ India & South Asia announced a charity initiative in partnership with Smile Foundation under which BMJ and Smile Foundation plan to jointly conduct health camps in Delhi-NCR through a programme named Smile Health Camp with the objective of providing primary health care services to the underserved women and adolescent girls in our society.



While sharing his vision and the help extended by BMJ, Mr. Santanu Mishra, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation said, “India is witnessing a rising demand for immediate medical facilities across urban and rural areas as a major part of the population continues to reside in urban slums or remote and hard-to-reach rural areas, and are also suffering and fighting the worst kind of ailments. In such a scenario a mobile healthcare service delivery system is the most practical mechanism that can deliver immediate relief to the needy. We are thankful to the British Medical Journal for their support in ‘Smile on Wheels’ programme. We are pleased to share with you that our partnership has facilitated the delivery of quality healthcare services to the very doorsteps of the needy, besides promoting healthcare awareness among the underprivileged.”


Commenting on the occasion and applauding BMJ India's achievements, Mr. Prashant Mishra, Managing Director, BMJ India & South Asia, said,

“It gives me great pleasure to see BMJ India reach this milestone. We’ve covered a long journey ever since we established the first office for the South Asian region in New Delhi. I can assure all our stakeholders that we will continue to demonstrate our commitment towards creating a healthier world through our evidence-based educational resources: courses, journals, e-learning programs, and CME content.”



All in all, BMJ India hopes to continue scaling heights in the medical and academic arenas, renewing their faith in the mission and vision of BMJ. :)

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Introspection At XIN Philanthropy Conference 2018...

The Alibaba Foundation jointly with UCWeb hosted the Global Forum of the XIN Philanthropy Conference 2018 on the occasion of UN International Day of Charity in remembrance of Mother Teresa (September 5).

Launched in 2016, it is the first conference of its kind to be held out of China. The biennial conference is an important representation of Alibaba Group’s commitment to encouraging inclusive, universal and sustainable growth for businesses and communities alike.



Alibaba Group regards India as a major part of its philanthropy roadmap, while UC’s philanthropic mission in India is to bridge the Digital Divide as much as possible. In tune with this vision and under the theme of ‘Love and Infinity’, the Global Forum held in Delhi advocated for a wide public awareness and actions on Education, Children Protection and Women Empowerment.

Hosted by Indian actress and Founder of Col. Shamsher Singh Foundation Gul Panag, the Global Forum of Xin Philanthropy Conference has become a prominent gathering of renowned Indian philanthropists and public welfare advocates.



While this year's conference held in the heart of the city had popular Hindi film actress Kangana Ranaut sharing her personal experience of being a frontline advocate for women equality, a multitude of speakers within the global welfare and business domains included Robin Raina, the Chairman, CEO & President of Ebix Inc. and founder of the Robin Raina Foundation, Abha Singh, lawyer, social activist and founder of Rann-Samar Foundation, Meagan Fallone CEO, Barefoot College International among others.




The current status of women equality and education, innovative solutions with “Internet plus philanthropy” model were discussed, given the trend that internet has brought disruptive change to every aspect of our lives.

In accordance with Alibaba’s philosophy of philanthropy, technology can help to lower the barrier for each individual to participate in philanthropy and unleash “The Power of Small” to drive big change for public welfare.



“As the world’s first Internet company that integrates philanthropy into its core strategy, Alibaba’s philanthropy is without a border. That’s why we take the XIN Philanthropy Conference out of China for the first time, here in India. It shows the importance of India for Alibaba. This is also the first time our Internet plus Philanthropy Model has set its foot on the global path.”, Shunyan Zhu, President of UC, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, stated on the occasion.



Arunima Sen, Programme Analyst for Governance, UN Women India MCO, Soha Moitra, Regional Director of Child Rights and You, Saurabh Jain, Vice President of Paytm and Head of Paytm Build for India Initiative and Alex Li, Managing Director of Alibaba Cloud India, joined Shunyan to officially kick off the 5th September Philanthropy Week during which different business units of Alibaba Group will have multiple philanthropic programs for public participation on a global scale.




A business within Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, UC has rooted in India for 7 years, amplifying Alibaba’s charitable efforts with the global breadth and Indian depth along with its business influence and brand reputation. With its new mission of Bigger We-Media, Bigger You, UC Browser, a leading content platform with 130 million monthly active users, will work with Indian content creators to build a responsible content ecosystem.



“We will use Internet technology to bridge the inequality gap, and eliminate poverty with knowledge and information,” said Mr. Shunyan Zhu.

Apart from empowering local charitable organizations, UC strives to empower the women in India. As the second most populated country, India possesses unexplored power from women. Based on the belief that the Internet is an equal platform, UC Browser established the UC Women’s channel, firstly in India, that provides knowledge in lifestyle, fashion, and career, it allows women to focus on self-growth and self-realization.

In addition to that, UC kicked off #SheDeservesToKnow campaign led by the well-known Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut.



“I pride myself on being a fearless woman who believes that women empowerment is a movement that has to take over the world. It has been a pleasure for me to be here to witness a brand like Alibaba and UC encouraging women and providing us with a platform where digital literacy and empowerment are primary focuses,” said Kangana, who is also associated with the #SheDeservesToKnow empowerment project.

In light of the positive result of UC Shiksha, UC determines to fully utilize the influence of its platform for philanthropy. In collaboration with ten charitable organizations and philanthropic advocates in India, UC Browser is about to launch the UC Hope, a charity channel for local charitable content. The channel aims to increase users’ awareness on the social issues in India and to nurture empathy by news-feeding the philanthropic content.

All in all, it was an insightful time at the XIN Philanthropy Conference 2018. :)

Friday, 7 September 2018

In The Shadows Of The Mind With Gali Guleiyan...

mind. 

A Beautiful Servant. 

A Dangerous Master. 

With this premise in mind, an international feature film and psychological thriller has been crafted on the Indian forefront by debutant writer/director Dipesh Jain helmed by the critically acclaimed actor who needs no introduction, Manoj Bajpayee

Set in the walled city of old Delhi, Gali Guleiyan is better known globally as 'In The Shadows' for it has been premiered and praised at a total of 23 film festivals including the ones at Busan, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and back home at MAMI, before being released in India today (7 September 2018). 

Gali Guleiyan Poster (Stir Your Souls)


A league apart from the rest, Gali Guleiyan is a classic piece of parallel cinema exploring dark themes of psychological isolation and parent-child disconnect, that form for an introspective outlook. 

Backed by an ensemble cast of power-house performers Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Shahana Goswami, Ashwath Bhatt, Arbaaz Khan, and of course, Manoj Bajpayee who is the protagonist Khuddoos, Gali Guleiyan also features debutant Om Singh, as Idris, a child who comes from a broken home. 

Touted by Manoj himself to be his career's toughest portrayal, Bajpayee believes that skill and mastery of the toughest craft i.e. acting is what sailed him through. 

Media Interaction with Manoj Bajpayee (Stir Your Souls)


Set in the dark alleys of Old Delhi, the setting of the film is predominantly claustrophobic with a dilapidated house complete with dusty corners and cobwebs all around forming for a dark premise on the outset and setting the tone for visual appeal. 

The ambiance on the outside resonates with the makeup of the psyche as Khuddoos and Idris are pawns for lost-and-found. 

With a gripping narrative, the trailer too compels to witness the film on the 70mm screen as it is rare that we get to witness the theatrical brilliance of such prominence exploring realistic themes. 

Manoj Bajpayee & Dipesh Jain (Stir Your Souls)


Ahead of its release, Manoj Bajpayee and Dipesh Jain paid a visit to Cinepolis at The Janak, Delhi for a rendezvous about everything Gali Guleiyan. 

Cinepolis Meet & Greet (Stir Your Souls)


The team at Cinepolis prepped for the occasion by keeping a wall of fan mail ready for Manoj to browse through and appreciate the gesture. 

Fan Mail Wall At Cinepolis (Stir Your Souls)

During a concise and brief interaction with Stir Your Souls, Manoj Bajpayee believed Gali Guleiyan to be such a dramatic narrative that won't leave the audience even after the screening ends and they head home. 

In fact, Dipesh also commented on Manoj Bajpayee being an institution, commending his professionalism, commitment, and humility, all at the same time. 

Media Interaction with Dipesh Jain (Stir Your Souls)


Would you like to know the first thought that came to Manoj Bajpayee's mind after being narrated the script of Gali Guleiyan - In The Shadows? Also, the makeover that he underwent, both on a physical and psychological scale for becoming Khuddoos... 



Here's what Manoj had to say about working with debutant Dipesh Jain, praising his creativity... 



A tete-a-tete with Manoj Bajpayee was a string of analogies, comparing acting to mathematics - both being complex yet beautiful frontiers. 



Another analogy stemmed from Manoj quoting the showman of Bollywood, legendary Raj Kapoor, on being asked to choose a favorite among all portrayals spanning his illustrious career. 



On a lighter note, Manoj also shared his camaraderie with Gali Guleiyan co-star Ranvir Shorey. 



As a conclusion, Manoj Bajpayee commented on the way his personality has developed over the years, being in the Indian film industry. 



As a matter of fact, and in concurring with Manoj, I believe that Gali Guleiyan has proved its mettle on foreign lands, earning accolades and appreciation all the same. Hence, the Indian audience should also see for themselves and appreciate the effort put in by the cast and crew, all the same. 

Having seen this piece of cinematic merit, I would encourage my readers to go on a movie date with #ManojBajpayeeAtCinepolis at the Janak which offers an evolved entertainment experience thanks to its four screens and a seating capacity of 740, Real D 3D technology in two and 100 percent digital projection in all its screens. :)

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Unveiling The Inaugural #MediaTekDiaries...


MediaTek is the world’s fourth-largest global fabless semiconductor company that powers more than 1.5 billion devices a year. In an initiative to make technology more accessible and understandable for everyone, MediaTek held its inaugural chapter in the MediaTek Technology Diaries series starting with the capital city Delhi, a couple of days back. With a view to demystifying the newest technologies that are transforming our daily lives, 'MediaTek Technology Diaries' is a series that is interactive, informative and fun all at the same time.


At the inaugural chapter held at New Delhi, Delhi's most loved and popular entertainer RJ Naved put into view, the common man’s perspective on future technologies and India's Tech Guru Rajiv Makhni simplified the technical jargon with a dash of humor.

This is in tune with MediaTek’s philosophy of making great technology available to everyone so we can all connect more easily to the things that shape our everyday lives, enhance and enrich it, make us smarter and healthier.

Committed to delivering the latest technologies across a range of products and solutions, MediaTek caters to a multitude of sectors, from the mobile industry and automobile sector to health, entertainment, and next-generation wearables.



MediaTek’s innovations provide consumers and businesses with the freedom to improvise. At MediaTek, current and upcoming products and projects use technologies like AI, 5G, and NB-IoT to empower people to change the world.

MediaTek is also empowering industries with innovative Bluetooth and cellular connectivity solutions to meet the needs of government, utility, retail, agriculture, transportation, asset tracking and many others.

Mr. Kuldeep Malik, Director - Corporate Sales, MediaTek India had this to say at the inaugural session of #MediaTekDiaries.

“Consumers may not know it, but our chips and technology are an integral part of daily lives. You will find us in twenty percent of homes globally and nearly one in every three mobile phones is powered by MediaTek. MediaTek chips power next-generation smartphones, tablets, TVs and voice assistants and all kinds of intelligent devices to transform how people interact with each other and the world around them. A new category of devices is driving features and consumer expectations forward with advancements in power, performance, AI, and connectivity. With the Technology Diaries, we want to help the less savvy consumers understand and be comfortable using these technologies to their advantage.”



At the MediaTek Technology Diaries, MediaTek also discussed the following technologies:


  • Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT) which is a 3GPP standardized cellular based low power wide area technology and is potentially part of the '5G' era of connectivity. The MediaTek NB-IoT platform has the highest temperament for low connection quality, allowing NB-IoT devices to be installed in locations that cannot be served by competing IoT connectivity standards enabling device installation in remote or difficult to access locations. MediaTek’s chipsets have formed the foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2015, MediaTek enabled more than one billion consumer electronic products, including digital TVs, home audio devices, DVD/Blu-ray players, smartphones, tablets, networking and connectivity products, and more. 





  • MediaTek NeuroPilot with its heterogeneous computing capabilities such as CPUs, GPUs and APUs (AI processing units) we embed into our system-on-chip products, we are providing high performance and power efficiency for AI features and applications. MediaTek is leading the Edge-AI Technology revolution by creating an ecosystem of Edge-AI hardware processing with comprehensive software tools across its product range from smartphones to smart homes, wearables, IoT and connected cars. 





  • MediaTek also possesses a best-in-class display enhancement technology called MiraVision. MediaTek MiraVision is designed to improve visual quality for smartphones by intelligently altering picture attributes such as hue saturation, brightness, resolution, and frame-rate. For each new product category MediaTek has optimized MiraVision, making it highly power-efficient, more responsive, and more context aware. MediaTek’s high-fidelity scaling and content classifier technologies guarantee unmatched signal preservation and increased visual details. 




Another vertical in which MediaTek has been empowering lives is the automotive sector. MediaTek is powering the future of Self-Driving technology through a turnkey solution of hardware and software. Autus, the suite of automotive and automated driving solutions, uses artificial intelligence, mmWave, machine learning, and advanced visual processing solutions and technologies to deliver the latest in navigation and infotainment innovation. Automated driving is the next frontier for MediaTek and this chip changes everything under the hood.



With #EverydayGenius as their motto, MediaTek believes the emerging market to be their key driver and 'MediaTek Technology Diaries' is yet another step in the right direction as far as technological literacy is concerned. :)